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2 Corinthians 13:1-14: A Final Warning

Paul Again Informed The Corinthians He Was A True Apostle; A Final Warning; Final Instructions; A Final Promise; Final Greetings; A Final Prayer This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” Just as the Torah teaches us that not one, but two or three witnesses are needed

By | 2018-02-19T21:20:43+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 13:1-14: A Final Warning

Terumah – “Offering”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Terumah, which means “Offering” and it takes us from Exodus 25:1 through 27:19. Moses receives specific instructions from God on the materials, construction and location of the Tabernacle, as well as the items to be placed inside the Tabernacle. These include the Ark of the Covenant, the table, the lampstand, and the altar

By | 2018-02-19T21:19:46+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Terumah – “Offering”

Mishpatim – “Judgments”

This week’s parasha is entitled Mishpatim, which is translated “Statutes” or “Judgments” and covers Exodus chapters 21 through 24. This section of the Torah contains extensive case law; fines and/or punishments for a broad spectrum of offenses having mostly to do with personal injury and property. Everything in this parasha demonstrates that, as beings created in the image of God,

By | 2018-02-12T22:38:57+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Mishpatim – “Judgments”

Yitro – “Jethro”

This week’s parasha is entitled Yitro (Jethro) and covers Exodus Chapter 18, verse 1 through Chapter 20, verse 23. Jethro is Moses’ father-in-law.  After Moses escapes Egypt after killing an Egyptian, he flees to the land of Midian and ends up settling with Jethro and his family.  Moses marries Zipporah, one of Jethro’s daughters, and stays there for 40 years before the incident at the burning

By | 2018-02-05T21:17:19+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yitro – “Jethro”

2 Corinthians 12:1-21: Paul Continues To Defend His Ministry

There’s a saying, the origin of which I’m unsure, but I like it. I’ll paraphrase it: There’s no need to explain yourself; your friends don’t need an explanation, and your enemies won’t accept an explanation. The problem is, life isn’t quite that simple. We don’t live in a static world. Sometimes people who were friendly to you at one time

By | 2018-02-05T21:17:10+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Glenn, Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 12:1-21: Paul Continues To Defend His Ministry

2 Samuel 2 and 3

This week the study reviewed the end of 1 Samuel and the military defeat of Israel at the hands of the Philistines.  It also covered Saul's death, and how David responded to the news.  This week it covered the rest of 2 Samuel 2 and all of 2 Samuel 3.

By | 2018-01-29T20:26:37+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 2 Samuel 2 and 3

B’Shalach – “When He Let Them Go”

The Parasha for this week covers Exodus chapter 13:7 – 17:16. Last week we left off with the plague of death and Elohim’s gift of Passover. As we look to this week, Pharaoh has decided to let the Jewish people leave Egypt. El Gabor, Mighty God, does not send the Jews the shortest way out of town, he has the

By | 2018-01-29T20:26:18+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on B’Shalach – “When He Let Them Go”

2 Corinthians 11:1-33 – Paul Continues His Defense

Paul Defended Himself From Those Who Still Opposed Him In Corinth; He Was A True Apostle; He Was Superior To The False Apostles Some Of The Corinthians Followed Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, which was one of the most prominent cities in Greece. The congregation grew into a significant community. After being there for a year

By | 2018-01-29T20:25:52+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 11:1-33 – Paul Continues His Defense

2 Corinthians 10:1-18 – Paul And Timothy Defend Their Leadership From Those Opposing Them

Paul Was Not A Timid Man Who Could Be Ignored; He Was A True Apostle With A Powerful Teaching Ministry; Those Who Opposed Him Needed To Judge Him Correctly And Judge The False Apostles Correctly; He Had Authority Over Them; All Opposition To Him Must End Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, one of the most prominent

By | 2018-01-22T20:04:15+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Teachings|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 10:1-18 – Paul And Timothy Defend Their Leadership From Those Opposing Them

Bo – “Go!”

The parasha this Shabbat is titled Bo, meaning “Go!” and takes us from Exodus 10 through most of chapter 13. We have already witnessed the depths of this pharaoh’s cruelty. His efforts at Jewish infanticide, and the ongoing and even intensified enslavement of our people. Adonai saw these things, heard the cries of our people, and remembered the covenant He

By | 2018-01-22T20:01:27+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bo – “Go!”

2 Samuel 1

This week Rabbi Glenn reviewed the events leading to the conclusion of 1 Samuel (including all of 1 Samuel 31 and the death of Saul and his sons), and proceeded to study 2 Samuel 1:1 - 2:11.

By | 2018-01-22T19:58:44+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 2 Samuel 1

2 Corinthians 9:1-15 – More Lessons About Giving

We come into this world as helpless infants who are only concerned about our own needs. And because we are born with a fallen nature, we are selfish. We are takers, not givers. But God is different. He is gracious. He is full of love. He is a giver, not a taker. He wants us to become more like Him

By | 2018-01-16T01:20:14+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 – More Lessons About Giving

Va’era – “And I Appeared”

What happens when we try to match wills with the Lord?  In this week’s parasha we see the great Pharaoh attempt to ignore and stop God’s Will and the total disaster that it brings.  Parasha Va’era translates to “And I Appeared” and covers Exodus 6:2 – 9:35. Parasha Va’era teaches us that no matter how much we want to deny

By | 2018-01-16T01:19:59+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’era – “And I Appeared”

Shemot – “Names”

This week’s parasha is Shemot, which means, “names.”  It covers Exodus: 1:1-6:1.  The Hebrew title for this parasha comes from the first verse, which begins, “these are the names of the sons of Israel...,” and indeed, this book will follow what happens to the descendants of Jacob. We find in Chapter 1, that the descendants of Israel have remained in

By | 2018-01-08T22:58:38+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemot – “Names”

2 Corinthians 8:1-24 – Lessons On Giving; And Handling Money That Is Given

By nature, human beings are selfish. We are takers, not givers. God is different. He is love. God is a giver, not a taker. He wants us to become more like Him - unselfish; full of love; givers, not takers. He wants us to become givers of our time, our talents and our treasures. Giving is to be an important

By | 2018-01-08T22:49:04+00:00 January 6th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 8:1-24 – Lessons On Giving; And Handling Money That Is Given

What Will We Be in 2018?

Notice I didn’t ask what will happen in 2018. The more I’ve been wondering what the year ahead holds for us, the more I realize that our particular circumstances will be profoundly less important than how we deal with them. Because how we address our circumstances tends to reveal the state of our souls. Let me share with you the

By | 2018-01-02T02:06:46+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on What Will We Be in 2018?

Vayechi – “And He Lived”

The Torah reading for this week is entitled Vayechi, meaning “And he lived”, referring to Joseph, and completes the book of B’reysheet. Last Shabbat we contemplated Jacob’s joyful reunion with his son Joseph, who for all those years he had thought to be dead. On account of the ongoing famine, Jacob and his entire family had relocated to Egypt, and

By | 2018-01-02T02:06:20+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayechi – “And He Lived”

Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayigash, meaning “and he drew near”, and covers Genesis 44:18-47:27. The story of Joseph’s brothers standing before him during their second journey to Egypt is continued in this parasha, which begins with Judah’s plea – asking to take Benjamin’s place as Joseph’s slave, since he had guaranteed Benjamin’s safe return to their father

By | 2017-12-26T01:22:03+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

Chanukkah 2017: The Menorah – Our Symbol Of Light

Chag Samach, Shabbat Shalom!  Jewish Singer-Songwriter Adam Sandler once wrote, “Chanukah is the festival of lights, instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.”  In doing so he encapsulated what most people’s understanding of Channukah is, presents and lights.  Now while we could spend some time discussing proper gift giving practices for Channukah, I would instead like

By | 2017-12-18T16:18:17+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2017: The Menorah – Our Symbol Of Light